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Beaufort Academy hires Livesay to coach boys hoops

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Beaufort Academy announced Wednesday that it has completed its search for a boys basketball coach and has hired Nate Livesay to fill the role.

Livesay was most recently the head coach at Beaufort High from 2015 up until this past season. Prior to his tenure with the Eagles, Livesay spent eight seasons at the helm of the Sumter High program.

He’s compiled a 192-87 overall record with six regional championships in those 11 seasons and Livesay took the Gamecocks to the SCHSL 4A semifinals twice.

Prior to becoming a head coach, Livesay served as an assistant at Presbyterian College and King University in Tennessee.

Livesay said in a statement, “I couldn’t be more happy about the opportunity to continue to build a program at Beaufort Academy. From the time I was approached about the job, I’ve been struck by the passion that everyone has and how they all want what is best for Beaufort Academy and the students they serve.

“In talking with (Beaufort Academy Athletic Director) Neal McCarty, the members of the hiring committee, and the Head of School Dr. Dan Durbin, every conversation has been pointed to one thing: how to use athletics to make the students of Beaufort Academy the best that they can be on and off the court. I am excited about the opportunity to stay in Beaufort, and I’m fired up to work in an environment where everyone is dedicated to a common goal.”

2018 will mark the first season of the post-Chip Dinkins era at Beaufort Academy, a popular and successful coach of the Eagles for 19 years. Dinkins announced he was stepping down last month, a decision which was partly a result of the coach missing much of this past season after experiencing an aortic dissection on Jan. 5.

“We are excited to have Coach Livesay continue to build on the foundation that Chip Dinkins has left,” Athletic Director Neal McCarty said. “Livesay is a proven winner with an overall record of 192-87 as head coach, so I know he has the ability to lead our boys basketball program. As concerned as I was the day Chip Dinkins informed me he is stepping down, I am even more excited that Livesay is our next head coach.”